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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 November marks the United Nations ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women'.

25 November marks the United Nations ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women'. This campaign aims to raise awareness of violence against women, address the scale of the issue, and discuss ways to end this violence.
All around the world, the scale and nature of violence against women is often hidden. But in all truth, it is at epidemic levels. In Australia, 1 in 2 women have experience sexual harassment, and 1 in 5 have experienced physical or sexual violence during her lifetime. When it comes to emotional abuse, 1 in 4 women have experienced this. Of those women that have experienced family, domestic and/or sexual violence, only 1 in 2 sought advice or support. Everyone has their reasons for not seeking help, but we need to come together to provide a healthy foundation and network for everyone to feel safe to ask for help.

Violence against women not only affects the victim herself, but also the entire family unit. One in four Australian children are exposed to domestic violence at some point in their lives, which ultimately can lead to developmental and behavioural issues, as well as difficulty understanding right from wrong.
What is important to end this violence is unity. Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, peace and the fulfilment of women’s rights. By coming together, we can work towards a safer, more equal future for everyone.

The theme of this awareness day is ‘Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!’ The colour orange was specifically chosen as it represents a brighter future free from violence. By wearing a little orange today, you are showing your support and helping to promote the movement.

To learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,visit: https://www.un.org/en/observances/ending-violence-against-women-day

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